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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, April 16, 2018
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798 bets file CoCs on Day 1


There are 798 candidates running for barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan posts who filed their Certificates of Candidacy in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City Saturday, provincial election supervisor Jessie Suarez said yesterday.

Of the 798 who filed their CoCs, 541 were male, and 257 were female. The filing of CoCs that began Saturday will end on April 20.

Bacolod City had the most number of CoC fillers on day one at 123, a Comelec report showed yesterday, followed by Bago City ‒ 72, Binalbagan ‒ 56, Cauayan ‒ 46, Murcia ‒ 45, Kabankalan City ‒ 43, Hinigaran ‒ 36;

Cadiz City ‒ 34, Sagay City ‒ 34, Calatrava ‒ 31, Victorias ‒ 29, San Enrique‒25, Hinoba-an‒25, Ilog‒25, Talisay‒24, La Carlota‒24, Silay ‒ 21, San Carlos City‒17, Manapla‒17, E.B. Magalona‒17,Pontevedra‒12, Himamaylan City‒12;

Moises Padilla‒10, Escalante ‒8, Isabela‒5, Valladolid‒3, Toboso‒1, Pulupandan‒1,La Castellana‒1, Sipalay‒1, Salvador Benedicto‒0, and Candoni‒0, Suarez said.

There are 10,592 posts in the 662 barangays of Negros Occidental set to be filled, he said.

That would be 16 posts per barangay. Voters will elect a punong barangay (village chairman) and seven members of the Sangguniang Barangay (village council), as well as a chairperson and seven members of the SK (youth council) for every barangay.

Suarez is urging candidates not to wait until the last minute to file their CoCs as there will be no extension after April 20.

This is because there will be little time left for the Comelec to make the certified lists of candidates that he will have to submit to the Comelec in Manila by April 25 or 26.*CPG


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